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I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike!

In the words of the classic  queen song “we want to ride our bicycles”

As cycling becomes ever more popular, Hoe Grange is keeping up with developments to ensure it’s cycling facilities are second to none so our guest can make the most ot the wonderful outdoor gym that is the Peak District. Fun for the whole family!

Earlier this year with the help of the Pedal Peak District project we installed a secure cycle store to make sure your bikes are as safe as they can be, This large lockable store can hold up to 12 bikes and has internal secure bike stands to lock you bike to as well. Just ask Me or Felicity for a key when you check in.

To this store we have added a warm water wash down point for dirty bikes, muddy legs and even dirty dogs!, along side this we have added a cycle maintenance stand and basic tool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t have a bike, or don’t have room in the car for it, worry not! We have 2 mountain bikes for free loan to guests, a vintage tandem for hire and even our Boma7 for those in your party with mobility issues.

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If you need something a little more specialized, we have now teamed up with MTB&B who hire bikes for the day or longer with free delivery to Hoe Grange, whether you need a full suspension bike, a hardtail or even an electric mountain bike, they can cater for your needs, just call Mark on 01663 735484 or 07800 900686 or got to their website https://www.mtbandb.co.uk/

 

 

Now where did I put my Lycra?

David

Things to do this Easter in the Peak District

The Peak District is the perfect location for some family fun this Easter. Whether you’re staying in the Peak District for the week and using Hoe Grange as a central base, or simply in need of the perfect family day out.

With so much on offer for the whole family, you’ll be torn between the fantastic events that are taking place across Derbyshire.We’ve also included our top recommendations for those who require accessible activities.

Carsington Water

Boma at Carsington

As the weather starts to brighten-up why not dive into your adventurous side at Carsington Water? There is a wide range of outdoor activities, and everyone can get in on the action. Why not get out on the water with Sailability on one of the accessible sailing dinghies? 

Take part in the Kayaking or windsurfing taster over the bank holiday weekend or hire a bike from just £11 for two hours and make the most of their excellent cycle routes, accessible bikes are available too. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.  

See our favourite cycle routes in the Peak District here.

Chatsworth House

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Image credit: Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House provides an excellent range of Easter activities and family fun from the 24th March – 8th April. Let the kids join in on the famous Easter Egg Hunt and chase after the Easter bunny, whilst you explore the breath-taking Chatsworth gardens. Chatsworth has something for everyone, book tickets online to avoid missing out.

Cromford Mills

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Cromford Mills have an exciting Easter weekend planned for the whole family. Considered as the birthplace of the factory system, what happened at Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex in the 1770’s changed the world we live in. Children can have fun on the Easter egg hunt trail and learn a little about our industrial heritage at the same time. You can meet the barn owls and there are also outdoor and indoor games (incase it rains!). There’s also a canal boat trip, barbeque and market stalls – something for all the family. The visitor centre is wheelchair accessible and there is a changing places toilet at Cromford Wharf.  

The good news is that the event is free, although some activities have a small charge, for more information click here.

Leawood Pumphouse

Leawood Pump HouseFor those interested in engineering if you wander further along the canal you will find Leawood Pumphouse built in 1849 to pump water from the River Derwent into Cromford Canal.

The unique 1849 Graham & Co. beam engine is powered by steam from two locomotive style boilers built by the Midland Railway around 1900, and is very impressive in action. Although over 150 years old it is in full working order and will be in steam on 1st and 2nd April. Read more about our stroll along the Cromford Canal and visit to Leawood Pumphouse.

 Crich Tramway Village

 

 

 

Crich Tramway Village has two events over the Easter period. For family fun with the little ones, take part in the Make-do-and-mend activity days, open from Monday 26th to 29th March.

Or turn back the clocks on Easter Sunday and Monday for World War II Home Front event and step into 1945. There will be a mix of live music, wartime road and military vehicles and vintage trams. Enter into the spirit of the event and dress up in 1940’s clothes, and you’ll pay a reduced admission charge!

The Heights of Abraham

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image credit: Visit Peak District

One of the Peak District’s most popular destination, The Heights of Abraham is perfect for a Family day trip. Step onto one of the cable cars and be prepared to be wowed by the fantastic views. Head underground to experience a day in the life of a 17th Century lead mining family. Or, if you fancy a walk, take the woodland path of the heritage walk, known as the ‘savage garden,’ famous for its natural beauty and zig-zag paths. And if that doesn’t tire out the kids, let them take part in the dinosaur egg hunt or burn off all their energy at the adventure playground. 

There’s so much to do this Easter in the Peak District, from Kayaking to Easter Egg hunts, get ready to explore with the whole family. We hope you’ve found our ideas helpful! 

Felicity 

Take a walk on the wild side

If you have a family who are mad about animals then why not take a walk on the wild side at Peak Wildlife Park near Leek?

Peak Wildlife Park logoWe had an interesting and very enjoyable day out getting up close and personal with a wide range of wild animals. Peak Wildlife Park is situated just over the Staffordshire border, high on the moorlands and is only half an hours drive from Hoe Grange.

What’s fabulous about Peak Wildlife Park is that the keepers are not just passionate about the animals, but dedicated to conservation, especially of endangered species.

It’s not a typical standard zoo where you watch the animals at a distance from behind the fence, here you can wander through the various walk-through enclosures and actually meet your favourite species face to face! You can experience the animals’ unique habitats from within, and hang out with the meerkats, waddle along with the penguins or watch the leaping lemurs as they glide from tree to tree.

Feedtime for LemursYou can take a walk on the wild side and wander around for as long as you like – no set paths here! This also means you can catch feed time in the different enclosures, which is just pure animal magic!

Peak Wildlife Park penguinfeedWeb22Who can resist the pesky Humboldt Penguins or the cheeky Ring-tailed Lemurs, the wonderful Wallabies, or the noisy Pygmy Goats? Then there are two adorable, perfectly trained pigs, who were better behaved than our dogs, sitting on command and walking to heal round the grounds!

Walking the pigs!Not only will you have fun, but you will come away with a greater knowledge and understanding of all the animals you come across. The keepers are so knowledgeable and enthusiastic and more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Play areaThe site is accessible for guests with wheelchairs or pushchairs. The walk-throughs are ideal for toddlers and there are various indoor and outdoor playareas and a bouncy castle. There is an indoor picnic area to eat your packed lunch, or like us you may be tempted by the sumptuous stone-baked pizzas and local ice cream – delicious!                                                                                                                        Meerkat sentryMeerkats For a more involved, hands on understanding of animal husbandry and a peek behind the scenes you can even book a Keeper Experience, or a Mini Keeper Experience – a great way for little monkeys to meet all their favourite animals!

This is the closest you can get to endangered animals in natural surroundings, alongside keepers who know them well, understand their needs and have a wonderful rapport with them. Here’s my favourite video of the day – leaping Lemurs in slow-mo!

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Lemur on the lookout!

It’s a fabulous whole day out, with interest to all ages. I certainly enjoyed our visit and thought it was great value for money with adult tickets costing £10.95, children £8.95 with under 2’s going free. Even better value is a season pass at £29.99, or 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. The concession price for entry into the wildlife park is £9.95 for students, disabled people, carers and senior citizens.

Whilst they don’t have facilities for dogs there is a local kennels near by who are happy to take your four legged friend just for the day.

A great way to spend a family fun day out, safe in the knowledge that you are supporting important conservation work.

Felicity

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Eroica Britannia – can you ride a tandem?

Inspired by Eroica Britannia 2016 and as rashly promised in our Eroica blog last year, David and I completed our challenge in style cycling the 25 mile route on our 1930’s tandem!

Having written my blog last year, recklessly thinking it would be fun to take part, even joking about cycling two up on a tandem, David got straight on ebay and within 2 days had purchased our vintage tandem – a real shock and surprise to me!

Eroica Britannia 2017For those who haven’t heard of Eroica Britannia before it is billed as ‘The World’s Most Handsome Bike Ride’ and it certainly lived up to the claim, with over 4,500 riders taking part on vintage bicycles, many dressed in authentic costumes.

Luckily for me this non competitive cycle ride is not a race – it is as much about the fashion, the stunning Peak District scenery and the ice cream pit stops along the way, as it is about the cycling. As you can see we entered into the spirit of the occasion and donned our best bib and tucker!

A firm Festival favourite is the best in show competitions, from stylish outfits to the most impressive moustache – everyone entered into the spirit of the event.

Best in show

 

Penny Farthing To qualify for entry into Eroica Britannia all bikes have to be authentic, manufactured before 1986 and have shift gears on the bicycle frame, not the handlebars. These older bikes tend to have heavy frames and less gears than today’s modern bicycles, so therefore the hills are a little more challenging – one determined chap even completed the 25 mile route on a Penny Farthing which must have been a real bone shaker!

Riding a tandem is a little challenging to start with because you both have to synchronize movements as any wobbles from your partner can throw you off balance. Also the rear rider (often called the stoker!) has no control over speed or direction, which I found disconcerting to start with. David found that going downhill too fast hurt his ears – due to the loud squealing from behind!

Having got over the initial difficulties with many trips over the hill to the pub in Brassington, we soon mastered the tandem technique.

As you will see there were 3 routes to choose from. We thought with the steep Peak District hills that the 25 mile route was enough of a trial for us on our first official tandem outing. A good choice as ride day turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year!

Eroica ride routesAs we live so close to the Friden venue we decided to cycle to and from the Eroica event adding another 8 miles to our total ride. The most challenging section of the whole ride was getting there, dodging the hundreds of cyclists who had already set off along the High Peak Trail on the 55 mile event, going in the opposite direction to us! We also nearly lost our voices as everyone shouted greetings and good morning as they cycled past.

We set off at 9am with a group of other 25 milers, full of enthusiasm, with the sun shining and my red polka dot skirt flapping in the breeze. The great thing about a tandem is that just when one of you is beginning to give up the other one urges you on to keep going. With determination we managed to ride the whole way without having to dismount for the steep hills.  One of the toughest sections was pedaling up the long hill out of Monyash, which was made slightly harder as the climb came immediately after the lunch stop and we hadn’t got back into our rhythm.

cycling Peak District It was so much fun riding the tandem as people waved and cheered you on. It was  a fabulous feeling to cycle through the finish line to cheers and whistles from the gathered crowd.

The atmosphere was amazing with lots of Festival fun, from the fun fair for the children, to evening entertainment from ABC, and a fly past by a Hurricane Spitfire.

after the Eroica rideWould we do it again? YES – definitely a fantastic experience to complete the challenge.

However after our exhausting ride David was eagerly eyeing up an electric bike from Juicy Bikes – you would certainly breeze up the Peak District hills on one of their battery assisted bicycles.Juicy electric bikes

Everyone was so friendly and the festival atmosphere was fabulous with everyone comparing bikes and chatting about their experiences late into the evening. Of course the weather helped – not sure it would be quite so much fun in the rain!

Eroica cyclistWe were delighted to host two sets of guests for the weekend who were also taking part, which created a real Eroica spirit at Hoe Grange.

They were all more ambitious (and not riding tandems) so chose the longer 55 mile Eroica ride – a real challenge in the blistering heat.

If you fancy taking part next year why not book yourself a cabin here at Hoe Grange as a very handy base? I would suggest Daisybank or Pinder log cabins, as they both have hot tubs on the decking for soaking those aching limbs afterwards!

Felicity

 

Trit trot, here come the goats

Trit trot, trit trot… look who’s arrived at Hoe Grange Holidays! Joining chief guest entertainment officer Fudge the Jack Russel, we would like to introduce you to Luna and Dora the Pygmy goats. These two lovely ladies are definitely not “gruff” goats, but extremely friendly.

High on a Peak District hill stood a lonely goatherd…Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo!

pygmy goats on a hillThese miniature goats previously lived in Ashbourne with our niece and nephew, who are now grown up and out to work all day. As goats are such social creatures Suzie and Sam decided it was unfair to leave the goats home alone, so we are delighted to have inherited them.

They will certainly have lots of company here on the farm – the goat pen with their little shelter is next to the horse paddock, where the chickens also scrat about and the dogs Twix, Crunchie and Fudge often pop round to say hello.

Pygmy goats are the diminutive cousin of the standard domestic goat. They are “fun, friendly and easy to keep”, so Suzie and Sam tell us – we will see!

Unlike domestic goats, which are usually kept as utility animals for their milk or their meat, you will be pleased to hear that the Pygmy goat is mainly kept for amusement – we have already had considerable fun – Dora is definitely an explorer and very nimble. She has already escaped by jumping straight over the stable door in one giant leap! We now have a strategically placed hay rack as an obstacle to prevent further break outs. They may be small but they can certainly jump!

pygmy goat at Hoe Grange As these two adorable, adventurous goats were kept in town rather than on a farm they are trained to walk on the lead and love nothing more than a trek up fields.

They are natural climbers and love roaming and leaping about on the rocky outcrops, surveying the Derbyshire hills. Hoe Grange is going to be an ideal home for them.

Dora the explorer checking out her new surroundings

These two nanny goats have taken our eco ethos to heart and already joined the Hoe Grange Holidays Green Team – they are very keen on recycling and have completely stripped the Christmas tree bare – not a pine needle in sight. One down four more to go!  pygmy goats

It’s true they eat anything, but Christmas trees are a real goat’s treat!

As you can see from our goat video our Labrador Twix isn’t yet entirely sure what to make of them!

Here’s an interesting goat fact – The Italian word for goat is capra; as proved by our little video goats are prone to change direction and have a short attention span, so you can see where the word capriccio, which means whimsy, developed. It is from this word that the English language borrowed capricious, meaning apt to change direction on a whim. Dora and Luna have certainly got everyone running round in circles!

You can meet this entertaining pair in person when you stay in one of cosy log cabins or gorgeous glamping pods.

Felicity

Pamper yourself on holiday

The winter months with dark evenings and gloomy misty days can leave you feeling tired and in need of a little pampering – why not pamper yourself and book a relaxing beauty treatment or massage whilst on your holiday at Hoe Grange? As mentioned in our last blog such indulgence is a perfect #hygge way to perk you up and help you breeze through the dreary winter months.

Pamper Yourself

Relaxing massage Close your eyes – now imagine you are relaxing in one of our cosy cabins or glamping pods, wrapped in a warm fluffy towel on a heated treatment bed, soft soothing music playing in the background, and heavenly scents filling the air.

Under the skilled hands of an expert therapist, you’ve just experienced the most fabulous facial using natural, organic products, or perhaps a stress relieving back massage with hot stones, and all your aches and pains have melted away.

What better way to make the most of your relaxing self-catering holiday in the Peak District hills, than to pamper yourself?

With the professional and friendly My Personal Sanctuary therapists you are in safe hands and feel as though you are actually in a spa. However when your “spa day” in your cosy cabin is complete the therapists leave quietly allowing you to continue to soak up the calm and tranquil atmosphere. That to me is the real added bonus.

Valentine’s Day Special

Romance is in the air as Valentine ’s Day approaches. Why not experience some hygge relaxation as a couple? Two therapists can visit your holiday cabin at the same time to deliver treatments simultaneously. You can both choose the same treatments, or perhaps a hot stone massage for her and deep tissue massage for him?

Neal's Yard natural remediesThe price for two therapists delivering 1 hour treatments each is £240, for more information on MPS packages for couples click here.

The friendly MPS therapists use only the very best techniques and Neal’s Yard organic products to nurture your body, mind and soul. Such gorgeous natural remedies smell divine, and leave you soothed; they also fit in beautifully with our eco ethos.

Valentine's Day flowersComplete your romantic package with a Hoe Grange luxury log-fired hot tub experience for two 

What woman doesn’t love a bunch of flowers? You can surprise your loved one with some gorgeous roses from #LoveLocal florist Sheila at Freedom Flowers in Wirksworth, or think ahead and order a bunch of sunshine for your mother for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day

Heading into March Mother’s Day is a very important day! Many of us are Mums, and have Mums, or are even Mums to be!
MPS can provide treatments from young to old including mums in pregnancy to give a special gift to celebrate Mother’s Day.
relaxing facial Why not book a longer package and share the time and enjoyment between generations?
Mum may like to take some time to relax with a relaxing Aroma Massage, and Grandma may prefer to restore and relax with a Calming Foot & leg treatment.
You can even get the children involved to with the selection of MPS Mini/Kiddie treats!
It’s a perfect way to share an afternoon or a morning with loved ones and create wonderful memories.

A Mother’s Day package could include an Aroma Massage for Mum, a Calming Foot for Gran, a Kiddie treat and one mini treat, all delivered by one therapist over 2 hours for just £180. For more treatment ideas for family and friends click here.

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The after glow – you too could look like this!

Go on and book a treatment for your stay with us – find that inner calm and serenity without leaving the comfort of your cosy cabin or glamping pod!

David and I treated ourselves to a My Personal Sanctuary spa day (I know, the things we have to do for our guests!).

With first hand experience I can definitely promise you will go home relaxed, refreshed and revived, but beware it may not be your best look!

Felicity

How to have a Hygge holiday

Looking back on 2016 one of the biggest trends has been the interest in “hygge”; so as the year draws to a close we thought you might like some inspiration on how to have a hygge holiday.

What is hygge?

The Danish word “hygge”, shortlisted by both the Oxford and Collins dictionaries for the word of the year, has no direct translation, but is often described as cosiness and a feeling of comfort; the enjoyment of everyday experiences.

How to pronounce hygge

To pronounce this phonetically challenging word make a pouting face and say HUE-gah!

8 ways to have a hygge holiday at Hoe Grange

Hoe Grange is the ideal place to stay in the winter as our log cabins and gorgeous glamping pods are warm and cosy, so you can relax and enjoy the good things in life with the people you care about around you. Hoe Grange provides a real “home from home” resulting in a happy, memorable hygge holiday.

1. Snuggle up in a cosy log cabin

Lantern What better way to have a hygge holiday than to stay in a Scandinavian-inspired log cabin? With our environmentally-friendly ground source heating, you’ll be snug as a bug, even in the depths of winter. It’s possible to hygge alone, wrapped in a woolen blanket with a cup of tea, but the true expression of hygge is lighting a lantern and joining with loved ones in a relaxed atmosphere.

2. Hot tub under the stars

Hot tub luxury packageRelax in the steamy water of our log-fired hot tub with a glass of mulled wine, or unwind completely in the steamy barrel sauna. With Hoe Grange nestled so deep in the countryside, you’ll find yourself transfixed by the dark starry skies above. The tranquil peace and quiet is what our guests love the most.

Or visit the Stardisc at Wirksworth where all the stars are mapped out for you on the stone circle.

3. Comfort food with closest friends

mulled-wine3Once you’ve explored the stunning Peak District countryside around Hoe Grange, rest your weary feet and sit down to a heartwarming supper of winter stew, with some mulled wine.

There’s nothing better than sharing food with friends.

4. Bring your four legged friends too!

Fudge the dogWe welcome dogs at Hoe Grange – think woolen-socked feet gently resting on a snoring Labrador after a long winter walk – cuddle up and connect with your trusted friend.

Twix and Crunchie love a little tummy tickle, whilst Fudge sneaks on to the sofa and is just plain spoilt – so adorable she gets away with murder!

5. Hot chocolate by candlelight

Hot chocolateLight some candles and watch the flickering flames whilst you silently sip your hot chocolate – truly scrumptious.

There is nothing quite like the comforting taste of chocolate, and who cares about the calories!

The Danes buy the most candles and research shows that creating hygge with candlelight brings happiness, who can argue with that!

6. Country pubs with roaring fires

Yr Old Gate InnWrap up warm and walk over the hill to the pub for a pint and toast yourself by the roaring fire.  When something is hygge, you say it’s hyggelig (“HOO-gah-lee”).

You can definitely have a special hyggelig evening at Ye Old Gate in Brassington.

7. Cycle everywhere
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Heading home

Exercise increases levels of dopamine in your brain (the ‘happy hormone’), so cycling is very hyggelig. Why not borrow one of our mountain bikes? It’s a great way to enjoy some fresh air and explore our Peak District countryside.

It would be even more hyggelig if you hire our off-road wheelchair or our vintage tandem for two!

8. Be kind to yourself

FirepitTake time out and relax in the dry heat of our barrel sauna, or wrap up in blankets, sit round the firepit, toast marshmallows and sing together – share your hygge and let the warm, fuzzy feelings flow.

Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special. It’s all about experiences rather than material stuff, and booking a holiday at Hoe Grange is a great hygge way to get through the dark winter months.

It’s no coincidence that all the letters in Hygge can be found in “Hoe Grange Holidays”

Happy hygge New Year!
David and Felicity

Pumpkin carving ideas inspired by The Peak District

Autumn is in full-swing here in the Derbyshire Peak District; our trees are full of glittering golds and beautiful browns and the nights are drawing in… which means it’s pumpkin carving time!

Pumpkins (or Jack-o’-lanterns as they are also known) are traditionally made at Halloween by slicing off the top (to form a lid), scooping out the flesh and then making marks into the orange outer skin, or cutting through the pumpkin skin (caution using sharp tools!) to reveal a flickering candle light inside… very effective and beautiful at night time.

So, we’ve had a look for some designs that may inspire you to carve your own, based on animals that are commonly found here in the Peak District… we have three beautiful owls, a traditional cat design, a sheep from our farm, a cunning fox and a horse carousel.

Three owl pumpkins

Did you know there are about 200 species of owls? These three won’t make those wonderful twit-t woos that you can here at Hoe Grange Holidays, that’s for sure. My mum loves these especially as she used to be a Brown Owl in The Girl Guides – what a hoot! Designs by womansday.com.

Owls carved pumpkinCreative cat pumpkin

Spooky! This very beautiful feline friend is sitting on a branch, up a tree, possible looking out for a wicked witch on a broomstick. It was made by craft-your-home.com

cat carved pumpkinBaaa.. sheep pumpkin

sheep carved pumpkinAs “ewe” know, we have plenty of sheep scattered in fields around the holiday cabins and glamping pods, so we just had to find a sheep design for a pumpkin. Photo added by Sarah Grantham to Pinterest.com

Fantastic Fox pumpkinfox carved pumpkin

If you don’t want to actually carve a pumpkin, why not stick items to it with a glue gun, like felt, card and googly eyes? Also use a marker pen to draw on missing elements. A much simpler way for small children to take part in the pumpkin celebrations and very effective. Image courtesy of simpleasthatblog.com

Horsing around with pumpkins

How could we leave out a horse design when we invite guests to bring horses on holiday? These are pretty tricky to carve into pumpkins, and this design took 5 hours to create! We love the beautifully intricate design and the fact that you can look right through it, by Brandi Korte on Flickr.

horse pumpkinWhen you’ve completed your design and carved your pumpkin, display on your front porch at Halloween to welcome Trick or Treaters! Any leftovers needn’t go to waste, why not make some tasty pumpkin soup, such as Delia’s roasted pumpkin soup with melted cheese?

Farm Stay pumpkinOne of our Farm Stay members has been very creative this year and cleverly carved out the Farm Stay logo, which looks very effective. If you are looking for a countryside holiday don’t forget to check out the many fabulous farmhouse B&B’s and country self-catering cottages available through Farm Stay UK.

We hope you all have some family fun whilst carving your pumpkins for Halloween.

Don’t forget we’d love you to share your pumpkin photos with us, just tag us into your Tweets (@HoeGrange) and we’ll RT them for you!

Felicity

Apple Day Celebrations

Apple Day was first launched in 1990 on 21st October, by Common Ground. The vision was to create a calendar custom, an annual autumn holiday.

apple dayApple Day was introduced not just as a celebration of all things apple, but also as a demonstration of the variety we are in danger of losing in the richness and diversity of landscape, ecology and culture too.

Over the years Apple Day has also helped raise awareness of the provenance and traceability of food, which can only be a good thing. At Hoe Grange we #LoveLocal and Apple Day events have definitely fostered local pride, celebrated and deepened interest in local distinctiveness.

Family Fun!

Here in the Peak District  fellow EQM (Environmental Quality Mark) award holders Elspeth, Paul & Sarah Walker are celebrating Apple Day by hosting a FREE event at the Dove Valley Centre this Sunday 16th October from 12 noon to 4pm.

Why not join in the fun and take along your apple recipes and apple dishes to share and taste.

crushing apples on Apple DayAutumn Apple Activities:

  •  Apple tasting & identification
  •  Orchard wildlife
  •  Apple juicing with Leek Food group (bring own apples & bottles)
  •  Story telling with Creeping Toad
  •  Appley fun activities for children
  •  Art activities & story telling with Creeping Toad
  •  Bake apples in the fire
  •  Bring jars of jam and chutney to swap
  •  Barn owls in the Moorlands- slide show

Pack a picnic and stay for the day – don’t forget warm clothes and wellies!

All donations to Staffs Barn Owl Action Group

Where to Find Dove Valley Centre

Under Whitle, nr. Longnor, 7m. South of Buxton. SK17 OPR
Tel: 01298 83282

Crunchy apples and Autumn leaves – it’s a wonderful time to get outdoors and have fun!
Felicity

More food glorious food – share your favourite recipe

As you discovered in our previous blog David and I #LoveLocal food and eating out is one of our favourite past times. Food, glorious food, is even better when shared with friends and family at home.  So as part of our fundraising for our special 10th anniversary year for our chosen charity Canine Partners I have decided to put together a favourite recipe cook book.

We need your help – recipes required!

This is where we need your help. Have you got any recipes to write home about? We would love you to send us your favourite recipes, maybe a treasured family dish handed down to you by your mother, a classic with your own creative twist, a regional speciality, or something decidedly delicious, but simple to cook. You may have some fabulous top tips, or time saving shortcuts to share. It can be spicy or plain, anything from starters, mains, deserts, and baked breads to chutneys, cakes, and cocktails.

For a little inspiration and to get you thinking I will share one of my mother’s recipes which is in the latter category of delicious, but extremely easy – in fact it’s “simples” ! It is definitely retro and 1970’s inspired, but none the less worthy of inclusion.

Olive’s Peaches in Brandy

Ingredients

1 large tin of peach halves in juice
2 tablespoons brandy
2 tablespoons demerera sugar
2 tablespoons ground almonds
3oz ratafia biscuits

Method

peaches4Drain the peaches (retaining the juice) and arrange in an ovenproof dish.
Add 4 tablespoons of the peach juice to the other ingredients and mix well.
Fill the peach halves with the mixture.
Pour over the remaining peach juice and bake in the oven at 150 for 20 minutes.
Serve cold with whipped cream, creme fraiche or ice cream.

I told you it was “simples” !!

I am sure David’s entry is going to be his favourite pudding, (his mother’s recipe which he regularly requests, but doesn’t always get!), bread and butter pudding with a meringue topping.

So act now and send us your recipes to include in our charity fundraising recipe book – just e-mail info@hoegrangeholidays.co.uk or pop in the post. Don’t forget to send us any photos too and tell us why you chose the receipe, or who it was inspired by. Also if you have any inspirational ideas for a title for our recipe book let us know – maybe barking bakes, canine cookery, or delicious doggy dinners, or maybe something more sensible!

The cook book will be available later in the year and all proceeds will go to Canine Partners to help buy and train an assistance puppy.  Not only will you be inspired to get creative in the kitchen and try out some exciting new recipes you will also be helping to make a real difference to someone’s life.

Felicity